lookin good Who me?

No, the bird didn't come
by me.

clean teeth Look Ma, no tarter

Never celebrate with too much tuna (even if it is your birthday.)

Let's Dance
Sometimes you just gotta dance.

Cat Recliner
It's always good to have a recliner handy.

On this page, I'm going to try to help humans keep their cats healthy. It's vital for their health to see your provider at least once a year - for the senior felines it is advised every 6 months.

Don't forget about those teeth - see my friend Smitty showing how to display nice shiney clean and healthy teeth? He is proud of his pearly whites. (Abby liked to make it challenging for the Dr. to see hers by hissing and showing them what condition her teeth were in by leaving an impression on their hand or whatever was closest. After all, she had an image to uphold.)

Our beloved Abby had IBS - please take notice and read more about it here in this informative article: Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease
By Margaret Muns, DVM

The doctors at the Alamo Feline Clinic are very concerned about Heartworms in Cats. Heartworms have traditionally been considered a parasite of dogs; however, they have been occasionally found in cats for many years. Our concept of heartworms in cats has been that they were very uncommon and an “accidental” infection. As such, heartworm prevention has been recommended as a good “insurance policy” against a very unlikely happening. Talk to your vet about preventitive care and your cat's lifestyle.

pawFrom Cat Health.Com
Cats mature and age at quite a different rate than we do, but it is fun to try to compare our ages. Cats are considered to have entered their golden years at about age 9.
Some cats are now living until their early to mid-twenties thanks to modern husbandry and veterinary care. This would be the equivalent of a geriatric human of about 90+ years of age!
A typical cat now lives 15-17 years. Note that the average cat lifespan took a HUGE leap upward once we transitioned most cats to an indoor lifestyle, and modern medicine entered the scene.
In their first year, cats go from tiny kitten to mature adult (except in a few slow maturing breeds like Maine Coon, and Persian-type cats that take closer to two years to become fully grown and mature). This means a typical 1-year old cat is about the equivalent to a 16-17 year old teenager.

Quite a lot of change in one year—I think you’d agree!

Between 2 and 9, each year the cat’s advance in their lifespan is the equivalent of about 5-6 human years, so they skip through their lifespan pretty quickly. This is an important reason why your veterinarian encourages you to present a healthy adult cat 1-2 times per year for a wellness checkup even if they are not due for their booster. They know that a lot will happen to a cat even in that short time.
Senior cats will be seen by the veterinary professional every 6 months or as needed so that as problems arise, these can be picked up and managed as soon as possible.
This table is only a rough approximation. It compares years in the normal lifespan, with green representing young adulthood, blue mature adulthood, and grey the senior years. You will note that for most of the lifespan, the modern long-lived cat is living in the golden years.

cat age

Kittens are the heart strings of all cat lovers. Here are some tips for the new fur baby of your house.

More cat health information can be found on this resource page.